Peter O'Toole Bids Farewell To The Big Screen
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
"Lawrence of Arabia" is another classic film that's gone through an elaborate restoration. This year, the Cannes Festival screened the latest version, a release that comes 50 years after the film first arrived in movie theaters.
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OMAR SHARIF: (as Sherif Ali) What is your name?
PETER O'TOOLE: (as T.E. Lawrence) My name is for my friends. None of my friends is a murderer.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
That's Peter O'Toole in his most memorable role. He went on to receive eight Oscar nominations for his work in films, including "Becket," "The Stunt Man" and "My Favorite Year."
INSKEEP: O'Toole never won an Oscar, though he did then receive an honorary Oscar, and now he says it's time to, quote, "chuck in the sponge."
MONTAGNE: Peter O'Toole announced his retirement yesterday. He says he's bidding the profession, quote, "a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell."
INSKEEP: O'Toole turns 80 years old next month.
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